LINGUIST List 15.2504

Thu Sep 9 2004

Books: Hist Ling, Oceania: Tent, Geraghty (Eds)

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  1. jmanley, Borrowing: Tent, Geraghty (Eds)

Message 1: Borrowing: Tent, Geraghty (Eds)

Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2004 09:03:19 -0400 (EDT)
From: jmanley <>
Subject: Borrowing: Tent, Geraghty (Eds)

Title: Borrowing
Subtitle: A Pacific perspective
Series Title: Pacific Linguistics

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	Pacific Linguistics

Editor: Jan Tent
Editor: Paul Geraghty

Paperback: ISBN: 0858835320, Pages: xi + 330 pp, Price: AUS $ 90.00
	 Comment: In Australia A$99.00 (inc. GST)


In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in linguistic
borrowing, especially with regard to its importance in the
reconstruction of pre-history. However, the general literature on
borrowing has been based on a somewhat restricted range of data,
tending to concentrate on the languages of Europe or the Americas. The
Pacific has not figured prominently in such discussions.

Linguists and anthropologists have long considered the Pacific to be a
kind of laboratory because the geographical discreteness of its
cultures allows clearer inferences to be made than are usually
possible in a continental situation. Borrowing in the Pacific is
relatively easy to identify and stratify. Its study is, therefore,
especially useful in the reconstruction of the linguistic, social and
cultural history.

The scope of this volume is not solely restricted to borrowing in
Oceanic languages, but includes two papers on borrowing in Fiji Hindi
and Fiji English. Authors have been encouraged to address general
issues of borrowing from the perspective of data they have derived
from their fieldwork, thus avoiding the risk of producing a series of
largely similar contributions. The volume also includes a number of
seminal and authoritative papers on Pacific borrowing that have been
previously published.

Lingfield(s):	Historical Linguistics
Areal Regions:	Oceania

Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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